Working Time Agreement An Garda Siochana
The current system was put in place more than 50 years ago, at a time when unmarried Gardai had to live in train stations and be on duty without overtime. For years, there have been discussions, but no changes have been made. Under the new overlapping shift work system, they will complete a six-week work cycle from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2 p.m. to 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The three-hour ride in the evening will put more Gardai to work in cities and towns at a time when they are most in demand. A new six-day, four-day police station system, which is expected to be in place in the coming months, could allow gardai to benefit from 174 days of annual leave. The new service tables have been developed within our existing budgets at no additional cost to the taxpayer, while its design provides for a more efficient fit between labour supply and labour requirements. One of the plans for the new rollboard is to do so. B overlapping work patterns.
The overlapping periods predict a 25% increase in the number of employees at that time. There is an increase in duplication, which goes hand in hand with increased demand and a change in time. Last year, lengthy negotiations took place between Garda representatives, leaders and officials from the ministries of justice and finance. Changes to the traditional but very complex “three-de-time” system began after, as revealed by the Sunday Independent last year, it was found that the old system violated EU working time guidelines. Until now, the Rota system applied only to the gardai station, including detectives. Now, it is expected that “non-core” kept in the traffic corps and crime force officers are expected to work regularly from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. at the weekend. This was one of the negotiating points, as many Gardai chose to join the 1,000-strong traffic force of Lake Garda to get out of the old service table system. When the matter was brought, Justice Paul Gilligan was informed by Eileen Barrington SC of both Gardaas that the matter would not continue. I am aware that the design and development of a new rolling board for an organization as important as An Garda Saochna is very complex. The need to meet many different requirements contributes to this complexity.
I would therefore like to welcome the commitment of Garda`s staff associations during a long and long period of negotiations, concluded by a collective agreement without external participation. The introduction of a new Garda Roster is an important development and it is the first time that service tables and work schedules have been profoundly changed in more than forty years at An Garda Saochna.